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Many thanks to everyone that "likes" us on facebook. We've been busy working ot get the launch and website projects underway and its taking a lot of time. We continue to get good news from State agencies, the Corps and other groups on possible projects so hopefully we'll ahve some big announcements soon to pass along.

MOur biggest focus now is in trying to buidl this paddling community to a point where some of our friends will feel free to blog, post pictures, help with Spring paddling outing, etc..

There's lots of opportunities to volunteer and you don't have to commit long term or otherwise over commit. Last two weeks three folsk have stepped up to say they want to help. A student at NCSU Recreation Management is helping write some of the letters to try and approach teh NC Golden Leaf Foundation, a recent Landscape Architecture graduate has offered to help on mapping, a past Parks and Recreation manager has offered to help on miscellaneous and I've recruited my nephew to help on launch ramp construction. We're in discussion with the Boys Scouts about partnering on projects and thats jsut for starts.

We need someone to run point on a Spring outing (nothing big just have to pick a date and place and tell everyone to be there). I'm trying to make time to talk to more groups and show our power point and could always use some help. It only amounts to a couple of hours here and there so drop us a line if you can spare a few.

Enough for now....remember to GET OUT NOW! 

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Our apologies for dropping off the radar for a few weeks but the holidays, work and grant admin have us very busy. I finaklly was able to post Scott Huddle's pics of his paddle trip with his Dad from Staunton View. Looks like a perfect day and check out route map in the post where I included his description.

We also posted a few pics of Little Fishing Creek (2.5 mi run through Medoc Mountain SP , Halifax County, NC) The lauch and retrival are easy enoguh to find and I only counted one tree fall that you would have to negotiate. Plenty of water this time of yer and through spring and early summer.


We're getting underway finally with our blueways development and more work on our website. Stay tuned... and please send us your pics and stories. First on the agend is an "easy post" for pics and stories. If we can't get out there every day we can at least read and follow others.

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Many of you have ask about how to best prepare for the Paddle Days Event. Hopefully this blog will provide some useful advice. SAFETY FIRST - The Kerr Dam Tailrace section of the Roanoke River is just below the dam and the water stays about 10 degrees cooler than in the lakes at any time of the year. During water releases from the dam the current will increase to 3-4 mph and rise about 5' over a 15- 20 min. time period. Plenty of time to get to higher ground and there is nothing to fear ....unless you have waded out to a rock for a picnic (not adviseable). This current makes for a plesant float downriver. LIFE JACKETS ARE A MUST! We will have safety boats nearby for the event but if you were to capsize ....everything can be funny and memorable.... unless you are not wearing a life jacket. Life jackets or PFD's (personal floatation devices) are included with every canoe or kayak rental. If you capzie STAY WITH YOUR BOAT...heck with the paddle, it will float.We can get you back in to the boat but have you ever tried to mount a paddle? There are many good YouTube videos on what to do and how to renenter a kayak or canoe in the event of a capsize. This event is not a teaching session and it is up to each paddler to know the sport, the associated dangers and have a basic understanding of the techniques and skills. That said it is really very easy to master the basic skills.... a few links to some of the better videos are included in our LINKS on this website but there are literally hundreds more. Please watch some of them or sign up for a class with Frog Hollow or one of our other providers. WHAT TO WEAR - As we mentioned the water is cool and the air may be even cooler. Oct 15th was selceted because it is not so darn hot but remeber that a cold front can make it become quite chilly overnight. Synthetic clothing is best and our many outfitters offer the best paddling attire. Although you will surely look snappy for the camera it is not essential to go "gear-up" for your first enjoyable day on the river. Running gear, snythetic long johns or quick dry clothing along with a nylon windbreaker, cap and sunglasses are usually all that are needed. Wet shoes ...the kind that dry quickly are cool but that old pair of Vans or Converse will also work...and can be equally snappy. One of your first purchases that you will never regret is a "dry-bag". Its kinda like a big zip-loc baggie on steroids. We'll give you a small zip-loc with your map and breakfast snacks at the registration but having one large enough to hold a pair of dry shorts and a tee shirt to change in to at the take-out can mean a much more comfortable shuttle ride back to the top. if you are totally soaking wet we'll vote to either let you ride with the kayaks, ride as a hood ornament or simply let eveyone else grab you and wring you out before climbing in to the van. Its also a good idea to bring along a towel or something to sit on. Although a kneeling or semi-knelling position is most stable a 5 mile paddle will find you shifting among positions and having somehting to coushin the knees or the seat is handy. Oh well, I'm sure I'll think of some other stuff to blog before the 15th but DO COME ON OUT AND HAVE FUN PADDLING!
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Greetings, we're glad you found us! Upper Reach is a brand new program for our community and we're working hard to make things happen. With any luck at all we'll have our first paddling outing this fall (when its much cooler) and hope you will join us. Mark you calendars for October 15th and watch the events calendar for updated information.

We're working on a lot of fronts and can use all of the help we can  muster. Step up and hit the Get Involved button and send us a note on your interest. We're working on our eagle cameras and osprey platforms where we've joined Dave Kramar- Virginia Tech Conservation Management Institute who is applying for some USFWS funding. If he is successful Rick and Lee will join him in installing the first (that I know anyway) Lake Country eagle camera.

We are exploring otions with VA DGIF to add an accessible canoe/kayak launch at the Steel Bridge/Historic US 1 Landing. this will enable personsiwth disabilities to enjoy paddling our cornerstone trail. Lots of veterans and disability groups are asking for this and we want eveyone involved. Sound interesting...hit that Get Involved button.

Get out and Explore some of the trails. They are there for you to enjoy and they belong to you. You've already paid for them.

Check out the hot political events on our Roanoke River Basin Association site (see links) as well as our other friends.

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